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Dishing the Dirt on Artists: From Renaissance to Modern Art


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This illustrated online course focuses on the gossip (based on facts) and anecdotes relating to artists—famous and infamous—including sexuality, suicides, wars, weird hobbies, rivalries, pitfalls, and commissions. Topics include Michelangelo’s fight with the Vatican, Bernini’s rivalry over buildings in Rome, the truth about van Gogh’s ear, feuds between Matisse and Picasso, Pollock’s drinking episodes, and their ability to create masterpieces through it all.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A new understanding of the notorious history behind well-known masterpieces
  • Familiarity with great artists throughout history

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.